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'The Other NRA': This Influential Restaurant Lobby Fights Pro-Worker Policies

Capital & Main | Bobbi Murray | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics

The National Restaurant Association is perhaps the largest trade group that you have never heard of.

How The Oil Industry Got Two Regulators Fired For Doing Their Jobs

Capital & Main | Judith Lewis Mernit | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

“They are a huge, huge spending force."

Inside California's Jail-Building Boom

The Marshall Project | Anat Rubin | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

Indio, California – In this desert city halfway between Los Angeles and the Arizona border, a small monument to the state’s prison downsizing expe...

Meet The Secretive Lobbying Group Fighting Health Care Reform In California

Capital & Main | Bill Raden | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

The hospital association’s single-minded pursuit of its self-interest, critics say, comes directly at the expense of patients.

Former California State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 (Reuters) - Former California state Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of racketeering...

Samantha Lachman

California Republicans Relieved Their Arizona Counterparts Lost At The Supreme Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California Republicans were thrilled to see Arizona Republicans lose at the Supreme Court on Monday, serving as a reminder that gerryman...

California Judge Throws Out Ballot Initiative Calling For Execution Of Gay People

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

A California judge has ruled against a proposed ballot initiative authorizing the execution of gay and lesbian people, calling the suggested measure "...

California May Copy Colorado, Oregon And Washington With All-Mail Election System

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

California could become the fourth state to mail all registered voters a ballot ahead of Election Day if Secretary of State Alex Padilla's wishes are ...

California Lawmakers Advance Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

California's state Senate voted Thursday to advance legislation allowing terminally ill patients to choose to end their own lives with the assistance ...

California Assembly Passes Bill Banning Crisis Pregnancy Centers From Misleading Patients

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

The California Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that would require faith-motivated crisis pregnancy centers to provide comprehensive information ab...

California's Voter Turnout Is Pathetic. This Proposal Could Change That.

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has proposed automatically registering eligible residents to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's ...

How New Water Restrictions Will Affect Californians

AP | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators have approved more restrictions on lawn watering and are adding new limits on water use by bus...

How A Handful Of California Power Brokers Work To Further Inequality

Capital & Main | Bill Raden | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

This piece was originally published on Capital & Main. By 2010 California, shaken by recession, found itself in a close race with New Mexico for ha...

Mollie Reilly

Newsom Takes First Step Toward Running For California Governor

HuffingtonPost.com | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Wednesday that he is opening a committee to run for governor in 2018, taking his first...

California Appeals Ruling Overturning Foie Gras Ban

AP | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California filed an appeal Wednesday of a federal judge's ruling that blocked the state's ban on the sale of foie gras — a deli...

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Won't Seek Dem Nomination For Open Senate Seat

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

California's Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Facebook Monday that he won't seek the Democratic nomination in 2016 to succeed retiring Se...

Younger California Democrats Will Jockey To Replace Barbara Boxer

AP | By KEVIN FREKING | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Barbara Boxer's decision not to seek re-election to a fifth term provides a rare opening for ambitious California Democrats w...

Kamala Harris Speaks Out On 'Inevitability' Of Marijuana Legalization

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she is "not opposed" to legalizing marijuana, but stopped short of endorsing efforts to do so in the Go...

Samantha Lachman

The Candidate Who Promised To 'Disrupt' Congress Couldn't Get Enough Bandwidth

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic attorney and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna had seemingly everything he needed to unseat Rep. Mike Honda (D) ...

Ex-Lawmaker Sentenced To 90 Days In Jail Leaves After An Hour Thanks To Overcrowding

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

California prisons are so overcrowded that one former lawmaker recently sentenced to 90 days in prison was released almost immediately. In January,...

Paul Blumenthal

Sandra Fluke's Election Bid Opposed By One Big-Spending Businessman

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bill Bloomfield, the Republican-turned-independent real estate titan, nearly toppled Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in 2012 after putting ...

California City Makes A Dramatic Move Against Cigarette Sales

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

A Northern California city has become the first in the state to approve raising the minimum age for tobacco purchases. Healdsburg, California's cit...

Voting for Solutions, Standing Against Hate

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 12.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Prop. 187, and it also marks when the tide turned for Latinos in California.

Samantha Lachman

Ro Khanna, Mike Honda Face Off In Debate Co-Hosted By HuffPost

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Democrat Ro Khanna will face off in the sole debate for California's 17th District seat, with questions from The Huffin...

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Says His Call To Drug-Test Lawmakers Was 'A Joke'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

In a radio interview Friday morning, Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for California governor, made a push for regularly drug-testing state law...